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William Banik
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A keen interest in macro photography .
A keen interest in macro photography .

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Leaf Beetle -

I've been trying to get a decent photograph of these buggers for a couple years now. They are quick to flight when one approaches. I managed to get lucky a couple weeks ago. I found a plant infested with the beetles. There were many missed shots. Many wanted nothing to do with me, taking flight before I could squeeze the shutter. It was hit and miss with this one. Several times it open its elytra. As I slowly maneuvered in for the shot it slowly settled down and I managed to get a decent image.

Image Specs - Canon 1D MKIV, MPE 65mm @~2.5:1 f/13, SS 1/200, ISO 200, MT-24 flash with DIY diffusers.

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Green Eyed Wasp - Persistence Yields a Prize:

I discovered a group of these roosting wasps a few weeks ago. It was a windy day and efforts to stack the critters failed. The weekend following was a wash out due to heavy rains. I returned this past weekend and was surprised to find wasps roosting in the same location. It was a breezy day so I opted for diffused flash macro over a field stack. Temperatures are blistering hot around these parts so I opted to carry a small rig, EOS M3 with a homemade diffuser I had forgotten what a joy it is to shoot with this camera. LCD is crisp and clean and focus peaking very accurate. Freeing one's eye from the viewfinder is a big plus when guiding the camera to the subject at higher magnifications. I think I'll be carrying the M3 with me until the weather cools in the fall. Who knows I may use it longer than that.

Image Specs - Canon EOS M3, EF-S 60mm macro w/Raynox Diopter f/11, SS 1/25, ISO 250, Nissin i40 shoe mounted flash with DIY Diffuser.

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Bee Fly:

It is common to find these buzzing around the flower patches during the heat of the day. They seem to prefer the nectar low lying flowers like clover and frog fruit. I believe the larvae of this fly is parasitic. It's not as abundant as honey bees or hover flies they do deserve recognition as pollinators, every little bit helps. It's not often that I come across one roosting so I was quite excited to get this one photo documented. I managed a few field stacks before the morning sun warmed it up enough to fly off.

Image Specs - Olympus OMD-EM1, 60mm Zuiko w/32mm tubes f/3.5, SS 1/20, ISO 200, available light 61 image field stack.

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The Blues are Back:

It's good to see Ceraunus Blues back in the fields. Heavy rains have brought heavy growth of the legumes the caterpillars feed on. I imagine over the next month or so there will be an explosion of blues . I am looking forward to it. They are such good patient subjects once the camera is in place. Look for them low in the grass, 3 to 6 inches off the ground. Early in the morning they are easy enough to approach. Size up the distance from the ground and splay out a mini tripod to the correct height. A bean bag works well too. Get the camera settings ready, plugin the remote trigger and slowly inch the tripod forward. Using live view on a tilted screen is most beneficial. You can start checking the framing and focal plane as you move the tripod towards the subject. Be mindful of your subject. If it starts to make small movements it probably senses you. Stop , take a break for a few minutes and then resume moving the tripod into place. Once in place, take a couple shots and adjust the exposure to taste, and volia…

Image Specs - Olympus OMD-EM1, 60mm Zuiko f/2.8, SS 1/250, ISO 200, available light 59 image field stack.

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Jumper Leaf Wrap

I've been seeing a lot of Jumpers this year. As in years past they are elusive and difficult for me to photograph. I have a growing catalog of side shots, butt shots and blurred skedaddles. When I spotted this jumper, all nice and cozy in it's leaf-wrapped tiny home, it had no choice but to have it's photo taken. A difficult shot to judge flash output since I was popping the flash through the leaf. I decided to go with ETTL and set EFC +1. Picture was under exposed and I didn't get a second chance as the flash sent it scampering. Detail and crispness could be better as I had to lift exposure in post but the little fellow was just so darned cute I had to share.

Image Specs - Canon EOS-M3, 60mm w/36mm tube and Raynox 250 @ ~2.5:1, f/13, SS 1/125, ISO 250, Nissin i40 with DIY diffuser.

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Fine Young Cannibal

I have been photographing Damselflies for a few years now and have seen my fair share of territorial defenses. One damselfly defending hunting airspace. This ends with the dominant damsel chasing the intruder off and returning to its perch. On Saturday I witnessed something I have never seen before. The intruder was snagged midair by the larger defender and hauled off for a meal. It was a struggle for the blue victor to lift the prey up to a nearby plant. I quickly honed in, drew focus, and fired off a shot. I feel quite fortunate to have captured a decent image as there was a slight breeze swaying the leaf and the damsel took flight right after the flash fired. It strained to fly deeper in the brush. I tracked it through dense vegetation near the edge of the bayou bank hoping to get another shot but the Damsel finally rested on a reed in the bayou well out the MP-E 65mm focal range.

Image Specs - Canon 1D MKIV, MP-E 65mm @ 1:1, f/13, SS 1/250. ISO200, MT-24EX with DIY diffuser.

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Shield Bug Nymph on a Flower Puff -

The fields abound with these in various shapes, colors and stages of development. Whenever I see one I try to get a decent photograph as a well executed macro often yields a subject rich in details, textures and in the case of this specimen brilliant colors. With good diffusion, most true bugs display flash photography well. The better the illumination the better the one captures the fascinating textures and details. Quite fortunate to find this one feeding on a flower puff that contrasts and compliments the subject.

Image specs: Canon EOS-M3, 60mm EF-S macro lens w/Raynox DCR-250 Diopter @ ~2:1, f/14, 1/40sec, ISO200, Nissin i40 flash with DIY diffuser.

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Bayou Blues

I never tire trying to photograph Damselflies. For the past few years it seems all I come across are the brown ones. However, this new creek I've been exploring is flush with blues and some have been kind enough to allow me to photograph them. They're not as patient as the brown ones. Quick to flight at a photographers miscue. But if one takes their time, approaches very slowly and keeps movements to a minimum you may be rewarded with a picture.

Image Specs - Olympus OMD-EM1, 60mm Zuiko f/3.2, SS 1/125, ISO 200, available light 33 image field stack.

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Sand Spider

I've been seeing a lot of these lately. They blend in quite well on the sandy banks of a feeder creek to the bayou. I have been frequenting this creek quite often lately. There seems to be an abundance of insects I normally don't see. The population density of these spiders seems to support my observation. Often there will be 20 to 30 in a 5 square foot area. Each jockeying for a little patch of sand to hunt. They sit motionless waiting for the hapless to pass by and then strike. Often sand crickets and hoppers seem to be the meal of choice but I've seen them go after ants, flies, gnats - whatever comes within pouncing distance. They are quite the joy to watch and I hope I can capture some of their animated behaviors in the future.

Image Specs - Canon EOS-M3, 60mm EFS Macro w/Raynox 250 @ 1.5:1, f/14, SS 1/20, ISO 200, Nissin i40 with DIY diffuser.

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Little Brown Hopper Nymph

I have a dickens of a time shooting these at high magnification with diffused flash. Not sure if it's my diffusion, the angle of the heads, etc. but I can never seem to pick up any detail. I have tried field stacking these critters on several occasions but haven't had much luck. I decided to try again this past weekend. It is my best effort to date. Surprisingly the stack came together quite nicely minus the antenna. There was a slight breeze that day and the appendage, finer than a human hair, was whipping around in the wisps like a wind sock in a gale. I had to do quite a bit of clean up in Zerene and Photoshop. I ended up lopping off the end as there wasn't enough contiguous pieces to reconstruct it frame-by-frame. These critter are very shy and quick to scuttle to the other side of the stem if they sense you. This prevented me from using a diffuser to control highlights on the fine white hairs/bristles. Instead, I used my hand to shade the subject and plant.

Image Specs - Olympus OMD-EM1, 60mm Zuiko w/32mm tubes @ 2:1, f/3.2, SS 1/20, ISO 200, available light field stack.


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